The next time that you are going to clean, remember to check these dirtiest places..
It’s easy to spot the distinct dirty areas in your home, such as kitchen counters with spilled food, showers with soap scum, or a room with a pile of unwashed laundry. What most folks tend to overlook, however, are spots that may not look particularly dirty.
Today, we’re going to take a look at some objects and rooms in your house that may not seem like bacteria magnets but may pose health risks to you and your family. The next time you clean your home, you won’t want to miss these spots. Check out our list below.
Bacteria and Viruses in Your House
Before we go any further, let’s discuss the bacteria and viruses in your home and why you’d want to get rid of them.
Certain bacteria can divide every twenty minutes at the right temperatures and with the correct nutrients. This just shows how quickly bacteria can spread and multiply.
A study conducted in 2016 regarding the most contaminated objects in a home found over 340 different kinds of bacteria on 30 different objects.
It’s important to note, however, that not all bacteria are harmful. Your body contains a lot of bacteria that don’t cause sickness. Some bacteria that you can find in your home that can make you sick include:
- Yeast and mold
- Staphylococcus aureus (staph)
- Fecal matter
- Escherichia coli (E. coli)
How Bacteria and Viruses Spread
Viruses and bacteria can spread from person to surface and from person to person. The 2016 study mentioned above also suggested that many different factors influence bacteria and virus life. These factors include:
- Surface Type. This includes solid surfaces such as counters and textured surfaces such as clothes and furniture.
- Living Habits. These include regularly disinfecting surfaces and regularly washing clothes.
- Cleaning Procedures. These include using bleach and alcohol as opposed to using regular cleaning supplies.
- Lifestyle Practices. These include bathing regularly and washing your hands properly.
Different areas of your house have different risk levels when it comes to exposing you and your family to bacteria and viruses.
As the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in most houses, it is often also the dirtiest. All of the elements that allow bacteria to grow and thrive are present. These include heat, moisture, and food.
Also contributing to the growth of harmful bacteria such as E. coli in the kitchen are outside elements such as unwashed fruits and vegetables, raw meat, and the germs from everyone’s backpacks and purses.
In the kitchen, you’ll want to pay extra attention to the following:
- Cabinet pulls
- Kitchen tools and small appliances
Whether you have a living room, game room, or media room, any place wherein the family usually gathers, is filled with hidden bacteria and dirt.
Consider how many times someone touches all the game controllers, remote controls, keyboards, earphones, tablets headphones, and cellphones on any given day. Do they always wash their hands before touching these objects?
All of the gadgets and gizmos in your living room should be wiped down daily using a disinfectant wipe that is specially designed for use with electronics. If someone has a cold or virus, the devices that this person touches should be wiped down after every use. Also, don’t forget to clean the lamp switches, doorknobs, and switch plates.
Another breeding ground for allergens and bacteria in the living room is upholstery on furniture. The padding on furniture is often exposed to unwashed hands, sneezes, pet hair and dander, and soil from shoes and dirty feet. Keep in mind that several types of bacteria can level for many days on these surfaces.
You should vacuum upholstered surfaces with the upholstery attachment of a more massive machine or a hand-held vacuum at least once a week.
Remember to clean between and underneath cushions where pet hair and food tend to linger. Then, clean and freshen the pillows with a scented or unscented disinfectant spray.
If there’s someone in your home with skin rashes or a virus, immediately cover upholstered surfaces with washable covers or sheets that can be changed and disinfected frequently.
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